Latur has become famous in India after it was hit by an earthquake many years ago, and now the place has become known for a village named Anandwadi for its many uniqueness. The village is in fact is the first in the country to own and run by women. This nondescript village in Nilanga taluk has only a population of 635 and has no case registered in the local police station for the last 15 years.
While the other parts of rural areas like Anandwadi have been faced with repressive action against women, this village has already started transferring the properties in the name of the women.
It wasn't any film that inspired the men of the place to honour their ladies. They have find that need while sitting together for gram sabha meeting.
Like we bring the goddess Laxmi to our house every Diwali, we decided to honour our Laxmis (wives/daughters) by taking this decision. Women shouldn’t feel the need to be dependent on anyone, since they run the home. Why shouldn’t they also own it? This will also help to get rid of the patriarchal mindset of people.Nyanoba Chame, member of the gram sabha.
There are about 165 homes in the village, all of them in the women's name, and some people have taken a step ahead and have transferred the fields in the name of women.
As its name suggests, the people of the place is always brimmed with joy. They find happiness in sharing and this has made them to pledge their organs after their death.
They are also very strict about their people living in healthy condition. So the village has banned smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking.
Villagers have just one request from the authorities of the state government, who have not even acknowledged their efforts: to provide for organ transplant facilities in government hospitals in Latur.
They have also conducting mass marriage ceremonies where the complete expense will be bore by the villager. This has been though started recently but has hailed as one of the many revolutionary decision of Anandwadi people that can be emulated by others.